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Confessors in Britain report an uptick in the interest in the Sacrament of Penance. The Pope Francis effect? Pope Benedict’s visit three years ago? I’d prefer to attribute it to God’s grace. I’m sure the two most recent popes would … Continue reading

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The Francis Effect

Apparently, it doesn’t take much to get Italians back to the Sacrament of Penance. It’s the Bergoglio effect. While some scholars and websites – who were declared papists up until a month ago – continue to criticise the new Pope, … Continue reading

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Built of Living Stones 103-105: The Rite of Penance or Reconciliation

We’ll take one long post to describe the US bishops’ directives on the sacrament of penance. There is little enough universal guidance on this point. Canon law and the Order of Penance give the briefest foundation: § 103 § In … Continue reading

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